Despite a rough outing on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, 41-year-old veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon is still the biggest trade chip the New York Mets have at their disposal with the trade deadline just a little over a month away.
Colon got knocked around in the first inning as he gave up three earned runs–an insurmountable deficit for the Mets offense. The Mets offense threw in the towel after the rough first inning for Colon and abstained from scoring runs against Edinson Volquez and the Pirates until the ninth inning in the final game of their four-game set. Despite the fact that Colon ultimately gave up five earned runs on seven hits over six innings, he still remains the most logical player for the Mets to move at the deadline in hopes of acquiring future offense.
Despite being 41-years-old, Colon has managed to be one of the most reliable players on the Mets so far this season. Just like 2014 staff ace Jonathon Niese, Colon has been a quality outings machine. The 16-year veteran’s previous two starts entering the series finale were eight inning performances in which he allowed only one earned run. Even though his contract extends to next season, Colon obviously doesn’t fit into the team’s future plans as several young pitchers are on the verge of stardom over the next couple of seasons. In addition to his impressive performance this season, his 16 years of experience and several post season starts make him a very appealing extra arm for any team looking to bolster their starting rotation for a post season run. With his experience Colon has proven to be a good influence on young players as well.
Colon is not the only Met possibly on the move though. Rumors of teams such as the Toronto Blue Jays and San Francisco Giants possibly interested in acquiring 29-year-old second-baseman Daniel Murphy came out earlier this week, but the Mets seem interested in trying to work out a contract with him rather than trying to part ways with him before his one-year $5.7 million deal expires. Another Met who could potentially be dealt is starter/long-reliever Daisuke Matsuzaka. The rejuvenated former Japanese phenom has been building up his trade value lately and could be a more affordable alternative to Colon for teams in the market for a pitcher who are unable/unwilling to give up a young potential offensive weapon for the 41-year-old.
The Mets definitely appreciate Colon’s service this season and should reward him with the opportunity to pitch for a team that will allow him to be part of a post season run and possibly his first ever World Series start of his long Major League journey.